Egypt, Brazil to bolster cooperation in security, military, trade fields

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Sep 2021

Egypt and Brazil have agreed to bolster cooperation in different fields, particularly in the military, security, economic, and tourism domains, as Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourão in Cairo on Tuesday.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (C) during a meeting with Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourão at Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 (photo courtesy: Egyptian Presidency)

During the meeting at the Ittihadiya presidential palace, Pesident El-Sisi voiced Egypt's aspiration to promote relations with Brazil in various fields and boosting cooperation to benefit from the capabilities both countries possess, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

El-Sisi praised Brazil's development experiment, highlighting the strategic significance Brazil constitutes to Egypt as a key trade partner in Latin America.

Brazil's Mourão, who has been on official visit to Egypt since Monday, said his country seeks to push Egyptian-Brazilian cooperation forward, especially in the economic, commercial, and military fields.

Both sides stressed their keenness to continue coordination at international arenas especially that both countries see eye to eye on all international and regional issues, including issues of disarmament and non-alignment.

During the meeting, the Brazilian official was briefed on the latest developments concerning the regional situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian territories, Libya and Tunisia.

Mourão voiced his appreciation of the "continued" efforts exerted by Egypt to maintain regional security and stability, the statement added.

El-Sisi also briefed Brazil's vice president on the latest updates on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after the United Nations Security Council urged the parties to resume talks, with the aim of reaching a legally binding agreement soon.

Earlier in September, the council adopted a presidential statement on the controversial dam -- which has been a source of tension between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia -- encouraging Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia "to resume negotiations" to swiftly reach a "mutually acceptable and binding agreement on the filling and operation" of Ethiopia’s mega-dam.

Mourão affirmed his country's understanding of the importance of the River Nile for Egypt's water and food security.

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